Picture an MMA landscape today that had never been impacted by Anderson Silva’s now storied run through the UFC. Not only would several high profile UFC vets have been spared trips to the hospital, but fans would never have witnessed Silva become the planet’s best fighter and one of the world’s top athletes, period. Would MMA even have the fanbase and market share it does now? Thanks to the Nogueira brothers, apparently, these questions are somewhat moot.

While being interviewed by Karyn Bryant on FUEL TV’s “UFC From All Angles”, Silva revealed that he has contemplating retirement, following his highlight submission loss to Ryo Chona at PRIDE “Shockwave” in 2004. Silva stated (quote via mixedmartialarts.com):

Ya, the time Rogerio and Rodrigo talk to me, I no have nothing. My dream was lost, Rodrigo talked to me and said ‘hey come to my house, I will help you. Don’t worry. Come to hear, we will train together.’ I finished my contract with Pride. The guys tell me not to fight in Pride anymore. I said ‘what? I fight in Pride, I’m good in Pride. I had no problem with Pride, but Rodrigo help me for better fights. I love Rodrigo. I love  Rogerio. This is my family.

That’s another compelling insight as to why Silva gets so emotional when either “Minotauro” or “Minotoro” Nogueira score a win. In case you don’t know, aside from a disqualification loss Silva incurred while fighting Yushin Okami at a Rumble on the Rock card in 2006, the UFC middleweight champ has won 19 straight fights since his last PRIDE appearance. Now that is crazy.

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